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Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 11:23 a.m.

Ypsilanti Township man arrested for heroin possession

By Danielle Arndt

A 53-year-old man from Ypsilanti Township was arrested for heroin possession Thursday.

An officer with the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety pulled the suspect over at about 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Golfside Drive and Washtenaw Avenue for not wearing his seatbelt. At that time, the officer found 0.5 grams of heroin in the suspect’s vehicle.

The man was arrested, processed and released, pending charges. Pittsfield Lt. Brandon Williams said that is typical of a small quantity possession.

The heroin will be sent to the crime lab for analysis, following which the man will be formally charged, Williams said.

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Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 4:47 a.m.

Glad he was stopped, and possibly be charged. Good catch Pitsfield!


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 3:39 a.m.

Heroin is a big problem in Ypsi right now. There are a lot of people there with a serious problem and their supply comes from Ann Arbor, so maybe if we put out more resources for those struggling with this addiction, we could help appease the problem and there would be no reason for the cops to be arresting people for it. There are detox centers all over A2 and a couple in Ypsi. With a little more community support and awareness, we might not have to read stories like this. Heroin addiction isn't a joke, and it is something we should spend our time thinking about, whether the guy was just out to "get his fix" or not.


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 4:44 a.m.

As I said above, some people fall through the cracks because they are in debilitating pain but are too young for Medicare, don't yet qualify for Medicaid, have lost their job because of their injury so have no health insurance, and probably lost their marriage because people give up on them. If you can't afford the doctor's office visit, you can't get the $10 prescription for Vicodin, Lortab, or whatever will make your injury bearable. So you hit the street. Detox for these people is not the answer; they need treatment to manage their pain until they can obtain assistance. There are a lot of hurting, unwanted adults out there, and they need our help.


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

I could never figure out why people would still do heroin knowing how horrible a drug it is and what the consequences are of withdrawal. Then I learned that people with chronic and untreated pain often turn to street drugs because they can't afford a doctor or prescriptions, and it's either turn to street drugs for relief from agony or kill yourself. If you have a loved one who needs help coping with chronic illness and/or pain, I implore you to keep an eye on them and offer them help if you can. Pay attention to them. What people with incurable pain need are safe, legal pain management regimens. Many people don't know that some drug companies will offer help to low-income or indigent disabled people. Please people, help your friends and relatives, and don't make them turn to the streets to relieve their suffering.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

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Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 3:48 p.m.

yeah and what does this have in common with addiction. Addiction is not in the drug, but in the brain, not everyone becomes addicted after trying drugs. The actual addict rate per capita is 10% of the population. If you were to watch the video, you might understand better.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

Now, this is a waist of tax dollars right here. This guy don't care about the laws, he just wants to keep his fix going. He left the jail, and went and got more. This just put him back some money that he would obviously have the drug more then the money. This is a waist of time, and our money. Brain Development &amp; Addiction with Gabor Mate (You-Tube) Watch this and get some education on drugs.


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

The black Stallion, I don't understand you response please shine a light on the less then one sentence statement.

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Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 6:56 p.m.

I sure hope you have a different view of homicides.